Articles by Sam Mason


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Apocalyptic images of California

The death toll from the Camp Fire in Paradise, the most destructive fire in the history of California, has surged to 25 people, with more than 100 people still missing in the northern part of California. The scenes are disturbing. Abandoned cars with melted tires errantly scattered in front of motorists who were fleeing their…

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Drama at post-midterm polls

On Tuesday, the midterm elections proved to be yet another thrilling, “made for TV” political event. As of right now, it looks like the Democrats have taken the House as they have picked up around 32 seats, a supposed referendum on Trump, and the Republicans have held and expanded their lead in the Senate by…

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Pre-midterm fight takes on the bots

Yesterday, the last of the November midterm votes had been collected, bringing a close to one of the most coarsely polarizing elections in the United States. By now, much of the United States has either seen the results of a predicted “blue wave” or not. In the weeks leading up to this political event, the…

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Huge stakes in contested midterms

This past weekend, President Donald Trump held a rally in Montana in which he stated, “We have our military, now, on the border. And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today… Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight.” The President repeated similar remarks in his Florida rally as well. This…

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Fake news or spooky pseudonyms?

With the month of October coming to a close, many members of the press corps are now changing their names back to normal, thank God; however, many of their “spooky” surnames were quite catchy and creative. Cue the usual, goofy, corny jokes. Names such as “Caleb SkHull,” “Booe! Gabriel Simonson,” “Grim Creature” (Jim Treacher), “Scarin’…

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Midterm elections through Leader McCarthy

In previous copies of the Anchor, the In Brief section has been devoted to the United States House of Representatives schedule. The House schedule is set by the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California. As the midterm elections loom large over House Republicans, Leader McCarthy has begun to take charge as he eyes the speakership…

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Update on Brexit: the options ahead

In a previous article written for the Anchor, there seemed to be a glimpse of hope for Brexit talks despite the partisan impasse. Unfortunately, the past weeks have proven wildly unsuccessful. In recent news, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has admitted to a possible time extension in order to finalize a separation deal…

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SCOTUS Update: The Kavanaugh Conundrum

This past weekend was an absolute rollercoaster for the entire political atmosphere surrounding the United States Supreme Court nominee, United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and his accuser, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford. On Thursday, both of the aforementioned people testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Composed and calm, Blasey Ford testified to what she…